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Unlike the previous two, Wednesdays night’s third Massachusetts Senate debate was focused around the issues of Medicare, jobs, and taxes.
Senator Scott Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren are hoping to use the momentum of their third debate to reach out to undecided voter.
Scott Brown mentioned how ‘Obamacare’ has cut nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars, and believes cutting that amount must have affected benefits.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren, however, said that AARP has stated the changes the plan has created have actually strengthened Medicare without cutting benefits ‘‘by even one penny.’’
The cuts that were put in place are meant to help provide health care options for low income working Americans, but Republicans are convinced they are reducing benefits.
On the issue of job creation, Warren said “We should put people back to work with job bills,” and investments in education, infrastructure and research. She cited three bills that would have done those things that Senator Brown opposed. “He stood with the millionaires not the people out of work,” she said.
Brown cited the job fair he held in Chicopee to help people find work and addressed the bills he opposed, “To take $450 billion out of the private sector and giving it to Washington to increase government spending, no that’s not the answer,” he said.
Brown also highlighted his opposition to Warren’s decisions to keep tax cuts for the middle class and raising taxes on those earning over $250,000.
“One thing we can’t do right now in the middle of a three-year recession is taking more money out of people’s hardworking pocketbooks and wallets, and giving it to the federal government, who are like pigs in a trough up there. They just take and take and take and take,” said Brown.
Ms. Warren responded to Browns views, “to cut taxes at the top and let the chips fall where they may for everybody else. We can do better than that.”
These final weeks of the Massachusetts Senatorial are full of appearances and interviews with both candidates as they make the final push for their campaigns.